Author Archives: Erik Brooks

Ready For Some Football?

New coach, same high expectations.

There may be big things in store for the South Milwaukee football team this season, with Derek Hoff taking over the reins after the Rockets finished 8-3 with a Woodland Conference East championship in 2013.

The season gets underway tonight with Milwaukee Marshall visiting Spaltholz Field. Kickoff is 7 p.m.

  • From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Woodland East preview: “South Milwaukee is loaded with experience and has a two-time all-conference quarterback in (Justin) Oliden, making the Rockets the favorite with first-year coach Derek Hoff.”
  • On senior running back/linebacker, Ian Pribyl: “The 6-2, 225-pound standout teams up with quarterback Justin Oliden to give the Rockets an explosive backfield. He was a two-way all-Woodland East first-team pick last season and is drawing Division I interest.”
  • And from the Merrill Foto News (Hoff is from Merrill), which has a feature on the new coach: “My plans for this current team are to win conference and make a run at a state title. My plans for the program include winning multiple state titles and being a perennial powerhouse in the state.”

In other words, this should be a fun year. Learn more on the team website.

Go Rockets! See you tonight!

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Meet The Mayor This Saturday At Moxie Fitness

I hope to see you at my next Meet the Mayor session this Saturday, August 23, at Moxie Fitness.

I’ll be there from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with no topic off limits.

Thanks to Tori and everyone at Moxie, 1234 Milwaukee Ave., for welcoming me.

And mark your calendar for my September event. Join me and a couple special guests — South Milwaukee School Superintendent Rita Olson and School Board President Pat Bordak — from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 25, at the South Milwaukee Downtown Market.

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That’s how much South Milwaukee Police Capt. Kallay, Lt. Fischer and Officer Hesse raised as part of the Dunkin’ Donuts cop on a rooftop activity last week.

The dollars go to the law enforcement Torch Run, which raises money for Special Olympics.

It was the department’s first year doing this — and it was the fifth-most funds raised among 14 participating departments in the area.

Congratulations, and thanks to everyone who donated. South Milwaukee steps up once again.


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Farmers’ Market, Outdoor Movie Cancelled

From the South Milwaukee Downtown Market Facebook page

Today’s farmers’ market and the Guardian Credit Union Movie in the Market this evening are cancelled due to storms. Sorry for any inconvenience, but we’ll see you next week. And stay tuned for more details on a makeup date for the movie.

Please help spread the word, and I’ll keep you posted.

Sorry, “Frozen” fans.


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This Week’s Outdoor Movie: Frozen

10368242_773209552701638_756388576200149557_n (1)Join us for the second Guardian Movie in the Market this Thursday at the South Milwaukee Downtown Market.

This week it’s “Frozen.”

Showtime is around 8 p.m., and Guardian is offering free popcorn.

Thanks to Guardian for their sponsorship of this terrific community event!

Check out photos from last week’s movie — including the terrific shot above — on the Guardian Facebook page.

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What’s Up: Local Church Milestone, New Book From Local Author, Recycling Drive, Health Fair

Rounding up some local news and headlines from around South Milwaukee …

  • Sts. Peter and Paul National Polish Catholic Church is celebrating 100 years this year. Happy anniversary! Learn more about the anniversary and its Sept. 7 open house here.
  • South Milwaukee children’s book author Janet Halfmann has published her 40th book, “Animal Teachers.” Congratulations, Janet! Learn more here.
  • The Friends of Grant Park are holding an electronic and aluminum recycling drive from 9 a.m. to noon this Saturday at City Hall. Learn more here.
  • The Health Fair is returning to the South Milwaukee Downtown Market on Thursday, Sept. 4. Learn more here.

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Community Night Out Is Wednesday!

Update: Start time is 5:30 p.m. I was wrong in a previous post.

This is always a good time, with games, food, raffles, demonstrations and more … followed by fireworks at 9 p.m.

Festivitites start at 5:30 p.m. behind City Hall.

Learn more on the city’s Facebook page … and like the page while you’re there!

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AMF South Park Is Officially For Sale

Closed without warning in June, AMF South Park Lanes is for sale.

The listed price on the seven-acre property is $950,000. Check out the listing brochure from The Boerke Co. here, and here is a story from the Business Journal.

All three recently closed AMF properties around Milwaukee are for sale.

I’m wondering: What would you like to see there?


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Fitness Challenge Coming To South Milwaukee

We can all stand to get fitter and lose a few pounds. Especially me.

That’s why I’m proud to join with the mayors of Oak Creek, Cudahy, St. Francis, Franklin, and Greenfield to present the South Suburban Mayors’ Fitness Challenge.

The goal: Improve the health of our local communities by partnering with wellness-focused businesses and organizations to put on a series of free fitness, educational and social events.

Stay tuned for a list of participating businesses and organizations, but it promises to be a good group — and a great community-building event.

Oak Creek Mayor Steve Scaffidi developed the concept for the Challenge in 2012 to not only get area residents on the path to wellness, but also to promote area businesses that were already committed to that mission.

The inaugural Oak Creek Challenge, which focused on weight loss, took place between November 2012 and February 2013. More than 450 residents signed up to participate, and 15 events — including workouts, nutrition workshops, and cooking demonstrations — were hosted. As a community, Oak Creek cumulatively lost nearly 1,000 pounds. The second Challenge, which focused on overall fitness, began in September 2013 and finished in January 2014. More than 700 people registered, and 34 different events were held, building on the successes of the first year.

I am proud South Milwaukee is part of the third Challenge.

More information is to come, including signup information and details on a kickoff event in September. Start by liking the Challenge Facebook page, where you can check out regular updates once we get going.

For more information, you may also contact South Milwaukee Health Administrator Jackie Ove, who is leading this effort on our end. (Thanks, Jackie for your support.)

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Mill Pond Warming House Renovations Underway

10613797_10203475411439607_1824612871_n10615810_10203475410279578_1989953874_nIn case you’ve missed it, there are some big changes happening at the Mill Pond Warming House.

Here is the update from Janet Cook, of the Friends of the Mill Pond and Oak Creek Watercourse …

The Warming House is getting a much needed makeover.

The Friends of the Mill Pond have replaced the old doors with steel ones, the ceiling has been sanitized and freshly painted, ceiling fans installed, electrical upgrades done and now the outside is getting a new face. Windows are being worked on and then the entire building will be freshly painted.

The Friends of the Mill Pond will be hosting an “Open House” on September 27th from 1-4 p.m.

Thanks to the Friends for all their work on restoring this community icon.

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Rounding Up A Few Upcoming Events

Just a quick reminder …

  • Sunday, August 17: The South Milwaukee Music Parents are holding a benefit car wash at the Piggly Wiggly in Oak Creek. Here is a flyer.
  • Wednesday, August 20: South Milwaukee Community Night Out is behind City Hall. On the agenda: Games, demonstrations, food, music, fireworks and more at this terrific annual event.
  • Thursday, August 21: The second Guardian Movie Night is set for dusk at the South Milwaukee Downtown Market. This week, it’s “Frozen.”
  • Saturday, August 23: It’s time for my next Meet the Mayor session, set for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Moxie Fitness, 1234 Milwaukee Ave.

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Outdoor Movie #1: Lego Movie Set For Thursday Night

Hope to see you and your family at Thursday’s first Movie Nights in the Market, presented by Guardian Credit Union. 

This week, it’s Lego Movie. The movie begins around dusk, by 8:30 p.m., following the South Milwaukee Downtown Market.

Bring your blankets or lawn chairs. Guardian is also providing free popcorn to attendees. 

The weather looks great. See you Thursday night! 

And mark your calendars for next Thursday, August 21, for “Frozen.” “Hocus Pocus” is set for Oct. 9.

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Man Arrested Following Chase That Began In South Milwaukee

From the South Milwaukee Police Department press release …

On the afternoon of August 11, 2014 the City of South Milwaukee Police Department took a report from a 15 year old male who reported being robbed at gunpoint on the street near 13th Avenue at Menomonee Avenue in South Milwaukee minutes earlier.

On August 12, 2014, while in the area of Rawson Avenue at 14th Avenue, the officers who took the robbery report saw what they believed to be the suspect vehicle, a green truck without registration plates. The officers followed the vehicle intending to stop it. The vehicle sped away while officers followed with their emergency lights and siren activated. The vehicle wove its way through residential streets until the initial officers lost sight of it in the area of Hickory at Nicholson and terminated their pursuit.  

Moments later the suspect vehicle was spotted by another South Milwaukee officer, in a marked police vehicle, as the suspect vehicle went North on Nicholson Avenue at College Avenue. This officer followed with lights and siren activated still attempting to stop the vehicle. The vehicle continued through parts of the City of Cudahy, the City of St. Francis, and the City of Milwaukee. The fleeing driver eventually pulled over and stopped on Holt Avenue at Burrell.   No one was injured and no property was damaged due to this incident. Officers from Cudahy, St. Francis and the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Department assisted the South Milwaukee officers.

The driver, a 20 year old Milwaukee man, was arrested for Eluding Police. He will be questioned about the earlier incident, and will be transported to the Milwaukee County Jail to await a charging conference on August 14, 2014. The sole passenger, a 19 year old South Milwaukee man, was taken into custody, questioned and will not be charged in reference to this incident.

I’ll keep you posted.

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South Milwaukee Primary Election Results: Big Turnout

Results are in from Tuesday’s primary election, and one of the big headlines locally was turnout.

More than 28% of registered voters voted, ahead of expectations.

Among the local results in contested races:

  • In the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s race, David Clarke scored a big win locally, with 56% of the vote. Challenger Chris Moews had 42%.
  • Mary Burke easily won the Democratic gubernatorial primary, as did John Lehman in the lieutenant governor race.
  • For attorney general, Susan Happ and Jon Richards nearly split the vote in South Milwaukee.
  • Incumbent U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore narrowly defeated challenger Gary George in the Fourth District Congressional race. She will face Republican Dan Sebring in the November general election. Sebring beat David King in the Republican primary Tuesday.

The number of “undervotes” — blank ballots for certain races — was also telling, albeit not necessarily surprising. Some of the races had hundreds of blank ballots reported. There were only a handful in the sheriff’s race, suggesting to me there were a number of Republican voters who “crossed over” to vote only in this race, as Democrats.

Check out the full results here.

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Show Off Your Talent For The SMPAC’s 10th Anniversary

The South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center is celebrating its 10th anniversary season this year, and they want local residents to be part of the show.

The SMPAC’s “10th Anniversary Gala: An Extravaganza of Local Talent!” is set for May 1, 2015. Ten performers will be chosen for the show, with auditions to be on October 29.

From the SMPAC …

Tomas Kubinek will be our Master of Ceremonies and we invite you to take part in this unique and heartfelt performing arts extravaganza. Indulge your creativity with this community driven theatre, vaudeville, musical and “who-knows-what” curated and performed by you and other, like-minded patrons of the SMPAC community.

Check out an application here, and here is a schedule of upcoming SMPAC events. It’s an impressive list. 

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